Pilot Studies


A pilot study is a smaller-scale version of a research study. Pilot studies are conducted to determine whether full-scale research studies will result in the desired data, before going through the work of conducting a full-scale study.

IRB Approval for Pilot Studies

If you plan to conduct a pilot study that will involve human subjects, you will need to complete and submit the following application, along with any supporting documents, to the IRB.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Indicate on your IRB application that you are seeking approval for a pilot study.
  • Provide as much detail as you can, as this will speed up the approval process.
  • Do not recruit participants or collect participant data until you receive approval from the IRB.